This evil crone has been advocating for the violent overthrow of the capitalist system for a very long time.
Here are a few bullet points from Ms. Piven’s Discover the networks profile:
- Co-creator of the so-called Cloward-Piven Strategy
- Seeks to foment economic crises, which can then be exploited for purposes of transformational social change
- Has been a guest speaker at numerous Socialist Scholars Conferences
- Admirer of Karl Marx
- Views violent rioting as an effective and desirable means of agitating for social change
Also in 1983, Piven delivered the opening remarks at the Socialist Scholars Conference (SSC) in New York City, an event that commemorated the 100-year anniversary of Karl Marx’s death and was likely attended by a young Barack Obama. In her talk, Piven described Marx as the man whose ideas had enabled “common people” around the globe to become “historical actors.” She urged her listeners to “stand within the intellectual and political tradition Marx bequeathed,” treating it not as a “dead inheritance” but rather as a “living tradition—the creation of thinking, active people.” In subsequent years, Piven would appear at numerous additional SSCs.
On December 22, 2010, Piven published an article in The Nation titled “Mobilizing the Jobless,” where, after noting that some 15 million Americans were unemployed, she asked: “So where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs?” Admonishing the Left not to wait patiently for “the end of the American empire and even the end of neoliberal capitalism,” she called for active measures to bring about “big new [government] initiatives in infrastructure and green energy.” Such measures, she explained, should take the form of “mass protests” that could pressure President Obama “hard from his base.” Piven urged that the disruptions begin on the local and state levels, where governments that were “strapped for funds” would look, by necessity, for “federal action” to help them. WrotePiven:
“An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.”Before the unemployed or any other disadvantaged group “can mobilize for collective action,” added Piven, “they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity. They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant … [at] the bureaucrats or the politicians who are in fact responsible.”
Here she addressing the Occupy Wall Street NeoComs on Sept. 29:
She was interviewed by a Democracy Now! reporter at the protest:
FRANCES FOX PIVEN: “I teach at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. I am here because I am so enthusiastic about the possibilities of this sit-in, over the marches that are occurring over postal worker issues, the sister demonstrations that are starting in Chicago and Los Angeles, and maybe in Boston. I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States. None of us know. I study movements. None of us know the exact formula for when those movements erupt, but it could be. And if that is true, then these people who are here are really wonderful. I would do anything to help them.” (TV Show: “Democracy Now!”)
Video at RCP.
Great piece at LaborUnionReport on how the organized left is embracing the Occupy Wall Street crowd when the seeds of the banking crisis were planted by (you guessed it) the organized left:
As the Village Voice stated in 2008:
Andrew Cuomo, the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history, made a series of decisions between 1997 and 2001 that gave birth to the country’s current crisis. He took actions that—in combination with many other factors—helped plunge Fannie and Freddie into the subprime markets without putting in place the means to monitor their increasingly risky investments.
Of course, let us not forget Barack Obama’s ACORN, and its role in sowing the seeds to the crisis:
THE seeds of today’s financial meltdown lie in the Community Reinvestment Act – a law passed in 1977 and made riskier by unwise amendments and regulatory rulings in later decades.
CRA was meant to encourage banks to make loans to high-risk borrowers, often minorities living in unstable neighborhoods. That has provided an opening to radical groups like ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) to abuse the law by forcing banks to make hundreds of millions of dollars in “subprime” loans to often uncreditworthy poor and minority customers.
However, since most of the neo-Coms camping in Zuccotti Park were still in diapers when Bill Clinton was in office, they are likely too young to remember the Clinton era [Monica, who?]. Moreover, to them, Carter is likely just that cool old dude that likes negotiating with comrades overseas.
Either too young, or they are too indoctrinated in their Marxist ideologies, too lazy to investigate, or just too stupid to care that the ‘corporatism’ they are fighting is, in reality, the result of government interventionism propagated by the same union Leftists they have been clamoring for approval from.
Richard Trumka is altogether comfortable in continuing his Orwellian blame game and maintaining the ability to convince his useful idiots and ideological orphans that others are to blame for what he and other market manipulating cronies helped create.
As a result, he has become the spiritual father whose attention is craved by the anarcho-communists in Zuccotti Park .
Frankenstein has indeed created his monster and, on Friday his monstrous progeny were camped in a park donning Guy Fawkes masks received their ideological creator’s endorsement.
- A note for those of you masked Marxists who may be reading this on the laptops that were created by ‘evil’ capitalists, here’s some food for thought: The Tea Party people you disparage hate the Big Bank Bailouts as much as you do.
The difference is, they know you cannot consume more than you produce (either as an individual or a nation); whereas, your ideology is to consume what others have produced in the name of ‘social justice’ and ‘fairness.’
Hat tip: Brian B.